OCTOBER 19, 2018 11:47:28For many Orange County libraries, the future of online access has been a challenge.
The Orange County Public Library system, which is operated by the Orange County Department of Library and Community Affairs, has been under fire since it was revealed that the county had paid $4.5 million to a private firm to create a system that allows people to download books and videos.
The county library is the county’s largest library system and serves more than 16 million people.
Its mission statement says it is “dedicated to supporting the needs of Orange County residents and the greater community by providing access to all formats and modes of reading and reading and listening online.”
The library system’s digital offerings include electronic books, videos, audio and books, but the problem has been the lack of digital technology in the library system.
The digital services are limited in what they can do because they are managed by a different company, the Orange Public Library System, and the library’s computer system is operated and maintained by a separate company.
The new system was designed to be a digital service that could be accessed by anyone in Orange County, and many users have complained that it is not as easy as the old system, said Jeff Smith, a library board member who represents Orange County.
The library board approved a budget for the next fiscal year on Monday that will require it to begin shutting down its electronic services in 2021.
The library system has already shut down its mobile technology and its computer systems, but that will continue until it completes its digital overhaul.
The $4 million in grants will go toward digital technology improvements, Smith said.
“The funding is necessary for the digital transformation and digital innovation that we need to keep our libraries as open and accessible as possible to everyone,” he said.